Looking north - up 'Main Street' - on the Cavan side
|Elevation||57 m (187 ft)|
|Time zone||WET (UTC+0)|
|• Summer (DST)||IST (WEST) (UTC-1)|
|Irish Grid Reference||G989267|
Dowra (Irish: An Damhshraith, meaning "The Shrine of the Ox") is a small village in northwest County Cavan, Ireland. Nestled in a valley to the north of Lough Allen, it is the first village on, and marks the most uppermost navigable point of, the River Shannon. On one side of its bridge is County Cavan; on the other is County Leitrim. The nucleus of the village is situated in the Cavan side. It is located on the junction of the R200 and R207 regional roads.
The village was formed in the late 19th century after another village close by, Tober, was washed away by landslides in the summer of 1863. The remains of the Black Pig's Dyke can be seen outside the village. It is noted on the Ordnance Survey's Edition of 1911 Six-inch to One-mile map, 1/2 mile west of Dowra alongside the River Shannon (forming part of the Leitrim / Cavan border) - see Cavan Sheet 5. It is again noted 3/4 mile downstream just below where the Owennayla River joins the Shannon on the east side of Canbeg Township, Co. Leitrim - see Leitrim Sheet 18.
Places of interest
The source of the River Shannon, known as the Shannon Pot is located about 12 km to the north. The Cavan Way hiking trail starts in the village and the Leitrim Way passes through it. The Miners' Way is nearby.
Restoration of Dowra Courthouse was completed in 2014 with the new building opening as a Community Creative Arts Space.
The main industries in the locality are agriculture, forestry and construction. There is a livestock market held every Saturday.
The national school in Dowra, which is in Leitrim just an across the bridge from the village.
The village church is located approximately 5 km north and is called the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Doobally.
- An Taisce sees Dowra as model village whose rare qualities must be preserved, Irish Times, 12 April 2002
- Restored former Dowra Courthouse transforms village, The Leitrim Observer, 19 November 2014
- Healy, Joe. New Year quotes off to a flyer: SHEEP, Irish Independent 6 January 2015